Bill Barretta

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Bill Barretta
Born William Paul Barretta
(1964-06-19) June 19, 1964 (age 53)
Yardley, Pennsylvania, U.S.[1]
Occupation Puppeteer, producer
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Cristina Campbell
Family Gene Barretta (brother)

William Paul "Bill" Barretta (born June 19, 1964) is an American puppeteer and producer who has been performing with The Muppets since 1991, when he puppeteered the body of Sinclair family patriarch, Earl Sinclair on Dinosaurs. He later developed several new characters on Muppets Tonight, including Pepe the King Prawn, Johnny Fiama, Big Mean Carl and Bobo the Bear. Along with having his own Muppet characters, Barretta has taken over several of Jim Henson's roles, such as Dr. Teeth, Rowlf the Dog, Mahna Mahna and Swedish Chef, and briefly took over Jerry Nelson's role of Lew Zealand. His film debut as a principal puppeteer was in 1996's Muppet Treasure Island as Clueless Morgan. In addition, Barretta has produced two of the Muppets' television films, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005). Barretta also provides additional voices on Kim Possible. His most recent film performance was in Disney's Muppets Most Wanted, where he also served as a co-producer.[2] Barretta also served as an executive producer on the ABC series, The Muppets.[3]

Barretta is the younger brother of the children's book author and illustrator, Gene Barretta. He is a native of Yardley, Pennsylvania.


Barretta attended St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, eventually becoming a carpenter. He met Brian Henson while they were both working at Sesame Place.



Film credits
Year Film Role Notes
1995 Murder in the First Man on the Street Live-action role
1995 Born to be Wild Gorilla Team Live-action role
1995 Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Bear Puppeteer/voice
1996 Muppet Treasure Island Clueless Morgan, Blind Pew (puppetry; hands), Swedish Chef Puppeteer/voice
1999 Muppets from Space Pepe the Prawn, Bobo the Bear, Johnny Fiama, Bubba the Rat, The Swedish Chef, Rowlf the Dog, Cosmic Fish #2 Puppeteer/voice
1999 The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Additional Muppet performer Puppeteer
2002 Kermit's Swamp Years Croaker, Horace D' Fly, Roy the Frog Puppeteer/voice; Direct-to-video
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Pepe the King Prawn, Johnny Fiama, Bobo the Bear, Rowlf the Dog, Swedish Chef, Lew Zealand, Howard Tubman, additional characters Puppeteer/voice; TV Movie
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Pepe the Prawn, Dr. Teeth, Johnny Fiama, Swedish Chef, Lew Zealand, Bobo the Bear, Bubba the Rat, additional characters Puppeteer/voice; TV movie
2011 The Muppets Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, Pepe the Prawn, Bobo, Swedish Chef Puppeteer/voice
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, Pepe the King Prawn, The Swedish Chef, Big Mean Carl, Bobo the Bear, Carlo Flamingo, Leprechaun Security Guard, Baby Boss Puppeteer/voice
2018 The Happytime Murders[4] Phil Phillips Puppeteer/voice


Television credits
Year(s) Film Role Notes
1991–1994 Dinosaurs Earl Sinclair (puppetry), Nick (puppetry), Rabid Caveman Performer
1994 Jim Henson's Animal Show Armstrong the Chicken Hawk, Vernon the Grizzly, Baby Bear Puppeteer/voice
1996–1998 Muppets Tonight Bobo the Bear, Johnny Fiama, Pepe the Prawn, additional characters Puppeteer/voice
2002–2007 Kim Possible Additional voices Voice role
2015–2016 The Muppets Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, Pepe the King Prawn, Swedish Chef, Bobo the Bear, Big Mean Carl, additional characters Puppeteer/voice


Film credits
Year Event Role Notes
2017 The Muppets Take the Bowl Pepe the King Prawn, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth, Bobo, Mahna Mahna Puppeteer/voice, live show at the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 8–10


  1. ^ "Ratting Out", Muppet Central, 1999. Accessed 24 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Muppets Most Wanted: Press Kit" (PDF). The Walt Disney Studios. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 7, 2015). "ABC Orders Shondaland and Jenna Bans Dramas, 'Muppets' Revival, More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (September 13, 2017). "Elizabeth Banks Joins Gang For 'The Happytime Murders'". Deadline. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 

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Preceded by
Jim Henson
Performer of Rowlf the Dog
1996 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
David Rudman
Performer of The Swedish Chef
1996 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Kennedy
Performer of Dr. Teeth
2005 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jim Henson
Performer of Mahna Mahna
2001 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jerry Nelson
Performer of Lew Zealand
2002 – 2005
Succeeded by
Matt Vogel